Audition Requirements


Symphony auditions may be submitted online through June 30, 2018:


Auditions will also be available during Dal Segno week, and other audition options for fall will be announced soon!

1. Read all the information on this page, and for specific audition requirements visit these pages: Philharmonic audition and Symphony audition  information.

Instruments in the orchestras: violin, viola, cello, string bass, harp*, piccolo, flute, oboe/ English horn, bassoon, clarinet/bass clarinet, saxophone*, french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion

* indicates that these instruments are not called for in all pieces, and students auditioning on these instruments may not play every concert. We will work on a case by case basis to make registration and tuition fair. Should students wish to audition on a second instrument which could be played when this one is not called for, that would be encouraged.

Stringswinds/brass/percussion accepted will be placed in Philharmonic or Symphony based on level of playing at the audition and  the orchestras’ needs. Final registration and tuition payment will take place in September.

The audition consists of a prepared scale (required scales listed for Philharmonic), solo or etude, and sight-reading. Students wishing to be considered for Symphony must also prepare an orchestral excerpt, available here.

More detail: prepare a solo or etude demonstrating your highest level of playing, (no accompaniment necessary) and a scale, as many octaves as you are able, but at least two. Show your range and technical ability! Sight-reading is provided by the conductors at the audition. If the prepared solo is not at the level expected, the sight reading selection chosen may be more difficult to assess ability level. Percussionists: bring your own sticks/mallets, and prepare a mallet/snare solo or etude; percussionists should be prepared to demonstrate ability to play timpani, snare and bells.

Contact Naomi Welsh with questions –, 701-757-3009 or 701-213-0310

Important note: orchestral placement is at the discretion of the conductors, regardless of the student’s declared intent.  Age alone is never a determining factor in orchestral placement; NVYO ensembles are arranged by playing level. Orchestral assignment is made with intent to create the overall best experience for each student.


Important: minimum requirements!

Philharmonic is designed for students who are playing at least at the level of the end of Book 3 of their school orchestra or band book, can read music, and strings should be comfortable shifting in 1st – 4th positions (5th position for violin and bass). Wind, brass and percussion players should be strong, independent musicians. Students should be prepared to play in keys up to four sharps or flats. Some orchestral/band experience is necessary, and a good sense of rhythm and pitch is expected. Representative scales and ranges expected are listed below. Audition is required: scale as listed, prepared solo, and sight reading.  Online audition signup on the home page.

Symphony  is designed for advancing string, wind, brass and percussion players. Students are expected to be proficient in all keys, be comfortable in upper positions/alternate fingerings, and know advanced articulations/bowings. Students should be strong, independent players with good music reading skills and experience in orchestral playing. Transposition and alternate clefs may occur in Symphony selections. Audition is required: Solo, Scale (3 octaves + for strings, 2+ for string bass, 2 for brass/winds) or percussion etude; students wishing to be considered for Symphony must also prepare the appropriate excerpt for their instrument ***(click link for excerpts) Online audition signup on the home page.

Symphony strings must demonstrate ability to play 3 octaves+

***2018-19 audition excerpts: Most Symphony excerpts are taken from  Holst’s Planets or Williams Star Wars Suite, with some other selections. Print the appropriate excerpt and consult with your teacher and/or online recordings to prepare it with the correct tempo and style.

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